Last Day to Enter 100 Followers Giveaway!!! | CLOSED

Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 1.14.09 PMGood morning everyone!!!

I just wanted to quickly announce that today is the last day for you or any of your friends to enter my 100 followers giveaway!!!

As a reminder, the items included in the giveaway are one (1) Chanel lipstick of the winner’s choosing from Chanel’s Autumn 2015 collection, which can be seen here, and one (1) of the novels listed by Time magazine as the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923, which can be found here

And here is the three-step entrance procedure:

  1. Like this blog post
  2. Follow my blog if you haven’t already
  3. Comment on this post when you are finished

I have one last quick thing to say. Many people have only completed a portion of the entrance requirements of the giveaway, so please double-check that you have completed all three parts in order to be entered in to this giveaway. I don’t want to leave anyone out!!!

The winner will be randomly selected on October 1st, 2015, and will be contacted via email regarding the lipstick shade and book they would like. Please note that the winner will need to provide shipping information so the items may be sent to them, but it will remain confidential, and will be destroyed once the items are sent off. The winner will be announced on this blog in a congratulatory post, and I will also announce when the next giveaway will be held.

Once again, thank you all so much for your support, and I hope you all have lovely days 🙂 🙂

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Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer

IMG_6085Happy Monday everyone!!!

Today I wanted to talk about one of my favourite new products: Clinique’s recently released Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer. As I mentioned in my recent Clinique haul and bonus post, I’ve read some raving reviews of the entire Turnaround range, but the moisturizer is the product that I thought I would use the most. Plus, I love myself a moisturizer that can be worn underneath foundation. At $45, I was hesitant to purchase this, but it coincided beautifully with Clinique’s bonus time, so I took a leap of face and just did it. And I am so glad that I did.

Features:

  1. Oil-free, so no fear of shine
  2. Lightweight
  3. Improves health and radiance of skin
  4. Can be worn alone or under makeup
  5. Gives the appearance of a bright, glowing complexion

Shades:

This moisturizer actually comes in two shades: rosy glow and golden glow. The former gives a nice pinkish radiance to skin, while the latter airs on the yellow side. Given my paper-white complexion, I opted for the rosy glow to give my skin that nice, healthy glow that it lacks once winter comes around. I can’t speak for the golden glow, but I would guess it would be better suited to more tanned complexions that would benefit from that sun-kissed glow in the cloudy winter months. However, I have read other reviews that claim the rosy glow shade delivered less-than-expected luminosity, and recommend choosing the golden glow. So who really knows??? I think it’s hit-or-miss, and depends on the degree of radiance and luminosity you are hoping for. If you are looking for KAPOW radiance, I would say go with the golden glow, but the pink is subtly pretty, so it’s a toss-up.

I’ve been using this moisturizer for about a week now, and already I have noticed that my skin feels smoother, and my little imperfections are masked, and even improved, evening out my skin tone. I have had no breakouts while using this product thanks to Clinique’s classic oil-free formulation, and it goes so well under either powder or liquid foundation. This is big for me because I always moisturize my skin before applying foundation so as to prevent it from drying out throughout the day, and I find that, in some cases, it can even aid in the application process.

The one thing I am really disappointed in that I did not initially consider before purchasing this product is that it has no sun-proof protection. It is marketed as a daytime moisturizer, but with no built-in SPF, the choice is wear sunscreen overtop of this moisturizer, completely negating any glowing effects it might have, or risk getting a sunburn. The latter for many pale people such as myself is just not an option, forcing us to leave this cream on the bathroom counter to wait for a cloudy day. Luckily Autumn is here, and Winter is right behind it, so there won’t be much need for SPF, but it is still something I wish I had thought about before. So, if you take nothing else away from this little blog post today, please remember:

*Always check the SPF, if any, of moisturizers, foundations, or any other products*

Have you tried this moisturizer before, or any of the other products in the Turnaround range??? What did you think??? And did the lack of SPF miff you as much as it miffed me???

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my 100 followers giveaway for your chance to win a Chanel Autumn 2015 lipstick of your choice and one of Time magazine’s listed 100 best English-language novels!!! Click here to find the instructions for how to enter. *The giveaway is open internationally and will close September 30, 2015 at 11:59pm*

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Clinique Autumn 2015 Haul and Bonus Time

IMG_6101Happy weekend everyone!!!

With the first day of Autumn now a few days behind us, it seemed apropos that I do a post on one of my favourite seasonal occurrences: Clinique’s bonus time at Hudson’s Bay!!! What this means is for anyone in Canada, from September 15th to October 3rd 2015, Clinique is offering a bonus with a purchase of $31 or more. I absolutely love the Clinique bonuses because they have some treasured beauty favourites in them, along with new products to try.  So, I thought I would show you what I bought from Clinique this time, and highlight a few products that came in the bonus 🙂 🙂

This Clinique gift is extra special because the cosmetic bag was designed by interior designer Tyler Dawson. If you haven’t heard of her, you can click here to pop over to her website and take a gander through her portfolio, her about page, and get in contact with her if you are interested in hiring her. Personally, I am a huge fan of her design style. It is so cute and chic at the same time, and I love how she pairs paint colours with furniture to make a room feel homey while looking fabulous.

IMG_6085To qualify for this bonus, I purchased Clinique’s newly released Turnaround Revitalizing Daytime Moisturizer. At $45, I really had to convince myself that this was something I wanted to try, and I JUST missed the free sample from Sephora if I shopped online, so that was a little irksome. But I have heard so many good things about this entire range, and moisturizer is always something I can use, so I went for it.

And now on to some of the goodies stashed away in this lovely little bonus:

IMG_6089First up is the Tyler Dawson-designed cosmetic bag. I think the colours are so fresh, and the clear, cylindrical zipper pull is such a unique take on the classic pull. It is very roomy so I think it would be great for storing, or travelling with, brushes or palettes that need lots of room both lengthways and widthways. The colours and design might be better suited for spring, but hey, it’s only a few months away.

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I love taking photos with this kind of shadowing going on

The next item is a shade of Clinique’s Long Last Soft Matte lipstick in the shade Matte Peony. This is super coincidental because I was going to purchase this shade a few weeks back, and decided not to. And now here it is in my makeup collection!!! I’m pretty sure it was meant to be. This is a vibrant pink shade, with warm undertones. Once again, I feel like this shade would be better suited for Spring, but maybe this bonus is for Spring and is just being released in Autumn because Clinique wants us to start prepping our beauty collections for Spring. Who knows???

IMG_6099Next is the moisturizer component of the bonus. Clinique usually has at least one element of their bonus that you can choose so, for instance, the items in the gift are pre-set, but you can choose between two lipstick shades, or two colour themes that dictate which lipstick and eyeshadow shades you receive. In this case, the choosable element was the moisturizer. The choice was between the Even Better Moisturizer with SPF 20 or the Repairwear Uplifting Firming Cream with SPF 15. Really, the choice here is between having a brighter complexion, or giving your skin a bit more vitality. I went with the Even Better Moisturizer with SPF 20 because I have used it before and loved it, and I am not yet concerned with the firmness of my skin. But maybe I should be???

IMG_6100Next up is a product I have never even heard of before, which is strange because Clinique is one of my go-to makeup brands.The Blended Face Powder in Invisible Blend. If anyone has heard of this or used this before, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, because I have no idea what this is, and no idea how to feel about it. I think it’s for setting makeup??? Maybe??? Gosh, do I ever feel out of the beauty loop here.

IMG_6097Now this product is fairly new, and I have never tried it: the Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum. Apparently this little number is suitable for all skin types and tones, and it sounds like it kind of gets to know your skin and figures out what it needs??? I know that sounds super weird and like I’m describing a life coach more than a skin serum, but I am kind of lost when it comes to this product. I did a little research and some of the uses of this product, like reducing lines or wrinkles, and firming skin are not things that I am really looking for in a product. Evening skin tone and boosting radiance though, those are things I wouldn’t turn down.

The last two products that were included in this bonus were the High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara and the Liquid Facial Soap Mild. This mascara is always, always, always included in Clinique’s bonuses, and I LOVE it. As I have most likely mentioned previously, I never have to buy mascara because I just live off the sample sizes that come in these bonuses. Between the wand design, the formula, and the easiness of packing it, this little sample size is hands-down my favourite mascara to-date. The facial soap is one I have used for years, and I even use it with my Sonic System if I’m feeling it. It’s just a nice, gentle cleanser that leaves skin feeling clean and fresh.

And that was this season’s Clinique bonus, and my mini haul!!!

Have you picked up your Clinique bonus yet??? What did you purchase to qualify??? Any recommendations???

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my 100 followers giveaway for your chance to win a Chanel Autumn 2015 lipstick of your choice and one of Time magazine’s listed 100 best English-language novels!!! Click here to find the instructions for how to enter. *The giveaway is open internationally and will close September 30, 2015 at 11:59pm” 

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Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It (H)airstyler

IMG_6087At the beginning of every school year, I always set aside a few dollars for one back-to-school product that I think will make my early mornings easier. This term, I am lucky enough (ha, not) to have 8:30am lectures on Mondays and Thursdays. This means that I am up by 6am, and have to be out the door by 7:30am. With breakfast being a priority and crawling back into bed a regular occurrence, the allotted time for my hair sometimes gets cut short, which can lead to some less-than-attractive hair days. And then I tried this new Bumble and Bumble product.

Features:

  1. Formulated with a blend of two lightweight polymers to improve texture
  2. Plant-based conditioning blend to hydrate hair and help it dry smoothly
  3. Contains UVA and UVB filters to help protect hair against the damaging effects of heat and sun exposure
  4. Gives the air (ha, so punny) of an air style without having to deal with flyaway strands or frizziness

IMG_6088In the mornings, I just wake up, hop in the shower to give my hair a quick wash, and then throw my hair up in a towel. By the time I’m done eating breakfast my hair is towel-dried, and I just work this cream through my hair, scrunch, and I am good to go. If the whole scrunched look isn’t for you, you can also twist your hair to get that nice, soft loose curls look, which I have been sporting the past week. It’s funny because so many people at university have complimented my hair and asked what I did to get it to look the way it does. They seem to think I spent ages on it, when really, I spent the minute of working this little miracle hair cream though my hair and then giving my hair a final once over of air drying if I have the time. Also, this hair cream can be layered with other stylers, so you can get the benefits of this cream along with those of other products if you’re looking to show your hair a little more TLC.

What is really nice about this product is that it is super hydrating and thin. I was worried at first that I wouldn’t use enough for the product to work, but that it would be thick and wouldn’t go through my hair easily. Wrong and wrong. You only need to use a pea-sized amount of this cream in your hair, so just work from the roots to the ends, and it is super thin and smooth so it won’t get stuck partway and make hair look greasy in places.

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A trio of Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil products I picked up in Paris because the hotel shampoo was destroying my hair. Not the best photo, but it gets the point across.

What I love about Bumble and Bumble products, besides how wonderful they are on my hair, is that the majority of them come in multiple sizes. Typically, if you want to try a new shampoo, you have to purchase a full-size bottle, which is great if it turns out you like it, but if you don’t, then you’re stuck with a 99% full bottle of shampoo that lives in your cupboard for years until it finally gets tossed in a clean out. With Bumble and Bumble products though, they are sold in at least two sizes, one for the people who know the products will work for them, and the other that are perfect for trying out various products to find the one that works best for you. These smaller sizes are also so easy to travel with because they fall well below the airport’s carry-on liquid maximum of 100mL. In some cases, these smaller sizes even come in little bundles of three, so you can sample three products from a range for the same amount as a full-size container of shampoo. Yet another reason why I love the Bumble and Bumble brand.

Have you tried this out before??? What did you think???

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my 100 followers giveaway for your chance to win a Chanel Autumn 2015 lipstick of your choice and one of Time magazine’s listed 100 best English-language novels!!! Click here to find the instructions for how to enter. *The giveaway is open internationally and will close September 30, 2015 at 11:59pm*

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100 Followers Giveaway!!! | CLOSED

imageGood morning everyone!!!

I awoke to the lovely surprise that my blog now has 100 followers!!! As a little thank you to everyone who has liked, commented, and followed me on this blogging journey thus far, I thought I would host my first-ever giveaway!!!

Disclaimer: I did not receive the items included in this giveaway for free, nor is this post sponsored or paid for by Chanel, Time magazine, or another third party. This is just something I wanted to do to thank my readers for their support 🙂 🙂

The Giveaway:

One (1) Chanel lipstick of the winner’s choosing from Chanel’s Autumn 2015 collection, which can be seen here.

One (1) of the novels listed by Time magazine as the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923, which can be found here (I seriously recommend The Great Gatsby if you haven’t read it before).

Left: photo from Chanel.com (Rouge Allure Velvet in 40 La Sensuelle) Right: photo from entertainment.time.com
Left: photo from Chanel.com (Rouge Allure a Velvet in 40 La Sensuelle) Right: photo from entertainment.time.com

How to Enter:

  1. Like this blog post
  2. Follow my blog if you haven’t already
  3. Comment on this post when you are finished

And that’s all it takes to enter this giveaway!!!

Please don’t forget to comment on this post when you have entered the giveaway, otherwise I cannot count your entry. I will reply to your comment to confirm your entry. I will select the winner by blog name using an online random generator. If you are selected as the winner, I will then contact you and ask you which Chanel lipstick you would like to add to your beauty case, and which book you would like to be the newest addition to your bookshelf. I will, however, require your address so that I can send these to you, so please don’t think I’m creepy when I ask where you live.

*This giveaway is open internationally and will close on September 30th, 2015 at 11:59pm*

Feel free to repost this giveaway on your blog to share it with your friends and fellow bloggers, and good luck everyone!!! Thank you again for all of your wonderful comments and support 🙂 🙂

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What’s in my Backpack???

For many people the start of school is near, or has already happened. The beginning of a new school year is often a time of excitement to see friends and break out new school clothes, but it can also be a time of stress. As of tomorrow, I will be in my third year of university, so I feel like I have done enough first days of school, both high school and university, to provide a few helpful tips. So with that, I figured I would do a post on what is in my school backpack. Give it a read if you are wondering what to pack for your first day of high school or university, or if you just want to have a good snoop.

imageThe backpack: The backpack that I take to university with me is the Herschel classic backpack mid-volume in electric lilac. I do not think this colour is still available, but it comes in a plethora of colours and other styles, which you can browse here. What I really like about this backpack is the simple design. I don’t want a backpack with too many pockets that things could get lost in, but the front pouch gives me somewhere to put things where they will be easily accessible.

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Image from Amazon.ca

iPad Air 2: For those of you who are tech savvy or looking for an alternative to taking notes on paper, an iPad is a great tool to have. It takes over the role of a laptop, and is super light, making it a great way to keep a backpack from being too heavy to carry.

imageDay planner: I know some people are not fans of paper schedules and would rather use the calendar on their iPhone, but for me, having a hard copy of what I need to do is super useful. In my day planner, I write down all the readings, assignments, and tests that are upcoming, and when I am going to do them. I also colour-code things using different highlighters so I can see at a glance what types of work are upcoming. A day planner is also great to have to note doctors appointments, office hours of professors, or meetings with teachers. Even after school commitments like extra-curriculars or volunteer work can be noted so that nothing gets forgotten . Just find a system that works for you to keep everything on track and avoid the stress of last-minute panicking over a forgotten test or assignment.

imageNotebook: Note-taking is inevitable when it comes to school, but it is important to find a system that works for you. Maybe that means one notebook for each class, or a three-subject notebook for different days, or a binder full of loose sheets of paper. All through high school, I used the one notebook per class system, and it worked fairly well. The one problem with that though is if you start missing classes (and I say missing, not skipping). It can be hard to judge how many pages to leave blank for the missed notes, and leaving too many or not enough can be irksome. In university, I have a clipboard that I write notes on, and all my notes stay clipped to it. Then I paperclip them together at the end of each section and tuck them in the clipboard’s side pocket so I know where they are come exam time. That way, if I miss a day, it is easy to insert the missed notes. It is also easier to lend them to a classmate because I don’t need to give them my entire notebook.

*Note: For university classes, make sure to get to know at least one person in each of your classes. Many professors do not post notes made in class on any online templates, and may not post any notes online at all, so you need to find someone whose notes you can borrow if you miss a class*

imageWater bottle: It is really important to stay hydrated throughout the day, so toting a water bottle around will make sure you have quick and easy access to water. Drinking water will help keep you feeling alert during your classes if you’re feeling a little snoozy.

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Image from 710keel.com

Snack: While high school classes do not allow snacks to be brought to class, university classes almost necessitate it. You create your own class schedule, and unless you are fortunate to have a 12-1 lunch block (which is very hard to get) you will most likely get hungry during your classes and not have a proper lunch block. I recommend packing something both easy and healthy. Apples and bananas are great, because they don’t need to be refrigerated. Sandwiches, or wraps are also good options. Smoothies are a quick way to get a bunch of nutrients on-the-go. Microwaveable foods like leftovers or heatable meals can be brought as well, but make sure there is a microwave close by, and that the smell of your food won’t waft through an entire lecture hall.

imageUmbrella: This is only a must-have if, like me, you live in a place where it rains all the time, and is not necessarily easy to predict. It is always best to be prepared for a deluge, and a little collapsible umbrella is an easy way to go.

IMG_5043Pencil case: This one may seem obvious, but there are many things you might need, and it’s good to have a checklist of things to include. Plus it’s an opportunity to show off some personal style with a classy black pencil case, or a home-made one, or, in my case, a cosmetic bag-turned-pencil-case. I used a cosmetic bag one year because I’d lost my pencil case the year before, and I’ve done it ever since. They are really easy to clean, and have plenty of space. Plus most of us have one lying around from that free gift with purchase we got that time.

Pencil case contents:

  • Pencils (remember to pack extra graphite if using mechanical pencils)
  • Pens (check that they have enough ink-most exams require blue or black ink)
  • Eraser (we all make mistakes sometimes)
  • White out tape or liquid white out (sometimes we make mistakes in pen, too)
  • Highlighters (good for noting important things to study in notes)
  • Sharpie ultra fine point permanent marker (useful for labelling things)
  • Ruler (many classes will require the drawing of diagrams on tests or in labs, and they will necessitate the use of a ruler for straight lines)
  • Calculator (there’s always a math class lurking in the schedule)
  • Sticky notes (not essential but I love making notes and putting them directly on textbook pages so I can read the text and my notes at the same time without going between textbook and notebook)

imageLip balm: Particularly in autumn and winter as the air gets dry, a lip balm is good to have tucked away to avoid dry or cracked lips. I really like using Fresh’s sugar lip balm because it is super hydrating, it smells delicious, and it comes clear or in a variety of tints if you want to hydrate your lips and have a bit of lip colour too.

imageHand cream: Once again, very good to have as the air gets dry, because your skin will dry out too. Your hands will be exposed and be busy writing and carrying books and holding up umbrellas, and they will need some TLC during the colder months.

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Image from Amazon.ca

Hand sanitizer: This is a really big one, because the start of school also marks the start of cold and flu season. With hundreds or even thousands of students back together, germs abound and it is important to always have clean hands before eating, after sneezing or coughing, or after touching something in the public domain that may have been touched by a sick person, like a door handle. It is always best to wash your hands regularly, but hand sanitizer is a quick, on-the-go way to help reduce the spread of germs and keep you from getting sick.

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Image from Amazon.com

Tissues: If all the hand washing and hand sanitizing doesn’t do the trick and you get a cold or the flu, you will be grateful you have a few tissues tucked in the bottom of your backpack. Some cough lozenges also wouldn’t hurt.

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Image from Amazon.ca

Laptop/iPad/cell phone charger: This is one thing I usually forget to pack, and immediately regret when I turn on my laptop or iPad and find I only have 20% battery left. The phone charger is important, but less so than a charger for your laptop or iPad. You don’t want your device dying in the middle of you typing up an important essay or doing an online homework assignment.

*Note: To be safe, always plug in your laptop or iPad before starting to draft or edit an essay, or start an online homework assignment. This will help you avoid any panic if your device runs out of battery partway through, and will ensure no progress is lost*

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Image from Amazon.ca

USB memory stick: This one is HUGE, regardless of what level of schooling you are in. I know so many people who have lost entire essays because their computer crashed and they didn’t back up their files. Always keep a USB memory stick with the drafts of any major essays, papers, or projects on it. If you don’t have one, I strongly recommend you get one, and I would say don’t start your first day of university without one. It’s good to get in the habit of backing things up early so that you won’t lose any hard work.

*Note: I cannot emphasize this enough: BACK UP YOUR FILES!!!*

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Image from Networksolutionsbd.com

Student card: I am not sure how relevant this one is for high school students, since I only ever needed mine to prove what grade I was in when attending a school dance but in university, it is imperative that you have your student card with your student number on it when you when you go to write exams. They may not let you in the exam room or let you hand in your exam without this card, so it is best to always keep it on your person. Also, many student cards are a bus pass, and a reloadable food card to purchase food with if living on campus.

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Image from Amazon.ca

Change purse: You never know when you might need some bus money or a few dollars to buy a snack, so having some change on you is always a smart idea. Of course, you can tuck a few bills in there too since you won’t want to carry around a ton of change and be jingling across campus.

And that’s everything that’s in my school backpack!!! I hope this has been helpful for some of you starting up school again, either your first year or your last. Let me know in the comments below what your must-haves are for your school bag or backpack!!!

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a lovely day 😃😃

BITE Beauty Maple Matte Crème Lipsticks

IMG_5081With so many beauty releases being restricted to the US or the UK, I was thrilled to learn that this limited-edition lipstick collection is exclusive to Canada. According to BITE Beauty founder Susanne Langmuir, she was inspired by the changing colours of the Canadian maple trees on her Ontario farm, and wanted to create a lipstick collection that encapsulated the changing colours of a Canadian autumn. To take this one step further, the lipsticks are actually infused with maple scent. And yes, they taste like maple too.


Features:

  1. Made with organic fruit butters and food-grade ingredients
  2. 94% natural ingredients
  3. Infused with the scent of maple
  4. Long-lasting
  5. Matte cream formula that does not dry out lips
  6. Highly pigmented
  7. Hand-made in BITE Beauty’s Artisinal Lipstick Factory in Toronto, Ontario
  8. 5 fall shades

Shades: 

The five shades are warmed maple, candied maple, braised maple,  mulled maple, and sugared maple. While all of them are incredible fall shades, warmed maple is quite literally an orange lipstick, and candied maple is a fairly classic red, so I passed on these two, but picked up the other three shades. As confirmed by BITE Beauty, Mulled Maple is the same as Black Cherry from the US-released Frozen Berries collection, but this shade has the infusion of maple.

Braised Maple
Braised Maple

 

Mulled Maple
Mulled Maple

 

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Sugared Maple

I want to note here that the shades look way different in the tube than they do on. When I first saw them displayed in Sephora, I was disappointed by how dark they looked, but then I swatched them on the back of my hand and realized they are actually bright, vibrant shades. So don’t be fooled; always swatch.

Swatches: 

lipstick swatches with labels

 

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I absolutely adore the outer packaging of these lipsticks. The little boxes are beautifully adorned with images of Canadian maple leaves in varying stages of chlorophyll disappearance and trapped glucose, which causes leaves to change from green to red, orange, yellow, and even purple. I have to admit though that I was a little disappointed by the plainness of the lipstick tube. Considering this is a limited edition collection, I figured the tube would be decorated similar to the outer box instead of the classic plain black of Bite Beauty’s other lipsticks.

 

I have been wearing these shades for the last week or so, and I can’t get enough of them. They are super long lasting without losing pigmentation, and do not require any touchups throughout the day after eating or drinking. I may have to pop back into Sephora and get back ups for these so that when and if the collection is discontinued, I won’t lose what have now become some of my all-time favourite and go-to shades. While they are perhaps a little too dark for summer, fall is fast approaching, and these shades are perfect for back to school and getting into the groove of crisp autumn mornings, scarves, and rain boots.

Have you tried any of the shades from this collection??? What did you think???

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Clinique All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette

IMG_5054I featured this little product number already in my recent Clinique haul post, but I have been using it every day since I got it, so I figured it warranted its own review, where I can gush over how lovely it is, and how much I wish it wasn’t a limited edition product.

Features:

  1. Super pigmented
  2. Longwear
  3. Crease-resistant
  4. Fade-resistant
  5. Dual-ended sponge applicator included
  6. Mirrored compact, perfect for traveling
  7. Easy to blend and layer
  8. 8 shades for oodles of day and night looks

So, where to begin with my love for this eye shadow palette. . . First of all, the colours are just so pretty. They are super pigmented, so the colours are vibrant, and they are really easy to blend and layer. Also, of the eight colours, four are soft shimmers, three are super shimmers, and one is a matte. This range of shimmer degrees allows for more subtle day looks or more dramatic night looks, or a mix of a little bit of both. This palette was $40, which for some is a bit pricy, but I had wanted to try it for a really long time and, unlike other eyeshadow palettes I have come across, I love ALL of the colours, so all will get used up.

labelled eyeshadow swatches

(Daybreak really is there, even if it doesn’t show up super well on my paper white skin)

IMG_5068The next big thing that stood out about this product for me is the plastic tray that covers the eyeshadows. I think this was just part of the protective packaging, but I actually really like it. It keeps all the eyeshadows in their place so little grains don’t go hopping over into the next pan (yup, I did just give eyeshadow grains sentience). Plus, it also lines the section for the applicator, so that grains from the applicator don’t stick to the compact.

For application, I personally prefer using a brush, but the included sponge applicator is one of the better ones I’ve used. Since it’s dual-ended, each side can be used for two colours. This is how I divided up my applicator usage:

Applicator End 1:

Side 1- Alabaster and Daybreak

Side 2- Moroccan Brown and At Dusk

Applicator End 2:

Side 1- Sahara Sun and Light Shade of Starlight Starbright Duo

Side 2- Jute Brown and Chocolate Bark

Dividing up my applicator usage may have been a bit obsessive and unnecessary, but I found it to be really helpful so that the included applicator could be used with all colours with minimal cross-colour mixing.

This palette is perfect for traveling. It has all essential neutral eyeshadow shades, so you don’t have to pack a whole bunch of individual colours and, with the included applicator, brushes can be left at home. Even better, the net weight of this palette is under 100g, so it can be taken on the plane in your carry-on bag. It is always good to pack a few beauty essentials in your carry-on in case your luggage is lost, and this eyeshadow palette is a must.

I think my only complaint with this product would be the packaging. I love how its all silvery and reflective, but fingerprints stick to it, and it looks a little messy. It is, however, really durable. The other day, my cat was sitting on my bathroom counter watching me do my makeup (yes, this is a normal, everyday occurrence) and she knocked the palette off the counter. Luckily it was closed, but I was still pretty upset and worried that they had broken, but they were all intact.

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Now, there is another related Clinique product that deserves a little shout out here: the Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes and Lips. It is by far the best makeup remover I have found to date. One swipe, and all makeup is gone. It takes off the eyeshadows included in this palette so easily, and it comes in travel sizes so, once again, perfect for traveling. As you can see, mine is just over half gone, and I have already purchased a replacement, because I wouldn’t last a day without this.

Have you tried this eyeshadow palette before, or any of the other All About Shadow 8-Pan Palettes??? What did you think of them???

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Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

IMG_5052The last time I used a liquid eyeliner pen, I think I was around 16 and having my wearing-too-much-eyeliner-is-so-cool phase, where the raccoon-eye look is all the rage, and no one tells you that with a thinner line, eyeliner on the top lid can actually be really flattering. I worshipped Revlon’s Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen, and it wasn’t until recently that I noticed just how thick the end is. Like it is really thick, to the point (ha, so punny) that it would have basically been impossible for me to achieve a thin line with it anyways. Since the nearest Clinique counter to me recently brought in the Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen, I figured I might as well give eyeliner pens another go. So far I am loving it!!!

Features:

  1. Super fine tip for precise, narrow lines
  2. Smooth, flat brush sides for thicker lines
  3. Clean application in one sweep
  4. 24-hour wear
  5. PERFECT for cat eyes
  6. Comes in two shades, black and dark brown

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I cannot sing the praises of this eyeliner pen loud enough. It is just so amazing!!! The best I can do is to rave about how incredible the fine tip is. Like look at that. That is quite literally as to the point (ha, ok, I have to stop with the puns) as it gets. Since getting this pen, I have been wearing eyeliner on my top lids nearly every day, a feat precedented only by the angsty teen years where eyeliner was cool and meant you listened to Fall Out Boy and Paramore and shopped at Hot Topic (which I actually never did). But in all seriousness, for people who don’t want to muck about with liquid eyeliner that comes in the little pots and has to be applied with a brush, or for people who are in a hurry in the mornings and don’t have time for that, this is perfect. It goes on super smooth, and stays on all day with no smudging or fading. Plus, the tip makes it really hard to over do it, and there is no need to worry about stray brush marks messing up the lines. However, this pen is not particularly good for under-eye application; it really is meant for the upper lids.

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This picture is just to show how smooth the pen application is. The lines can be super thin to as thick as you think you need. It was a little pricy at $23 but it was so worth it. I am tempted to go back to my local Clinique counter and get it in the dark brown as well, because I think it would make for a more subtle line and more natural look. The only complaint I might have, and I am finding as I read more reviews that other people found this too, is the packaging. It airs on the cheap side, and the super long lid gives the illusion that there is more product inside. Regardless, I think it will last for a fairly long time because, really, how much eyeliner do you need to use on a daily basis??? It is important to note though that neither the black nor brown is waterproof, so if you think you’ll be crying during the day, whether it be at a wedding or a funeral, I would suggest trying another eyeliner.

Have you tried this liquid eyeliner pen??? Did you like it, or is there another one that works better???

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a lovely day 🙂 🙂

Clinique Summer 2015 Haul and Bonus Time

Well, Clinique’s bonus time is back at Hudson’s Bay!!! This meant that I stopped in to my nearest Clinique counter to try out some new products and received a lovely little bag of goodies as well. 

IMG_5052The first item I picked up was Clinique’s Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen. I haven’t used one of these in years, but there is no time like the present to try out an eyeliner pen again. It has a really fine tip, which makes creating thin lines super easy. It also comes in dark brown, and that would be great for a more natural look. I have been loving it the past few days, and should have a review of it up sometime this week. 

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The other item I picked up was Clinique’s All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette in Wear Everywhere Neutrals. I have been wanting to try this for so long, but I often struggle to justify the purchase of an eyeshadow palette. I get that they are a money saver and are great for traveling, but they usually have colours in them that I just can’t see myself using. This palette is different though. The 8 colours are absolutely gorgeous and are perfect for any neutral daily make up look, or a more toned down night look. I will be using these religiously come back to school time. I will be reviewing this product on this blog as well, so expect swatches of all the colours, and maybe even a few look ideas. 

IMG_5042Because I bought these things, I received this adorable cosmetic bag full of lovely little beauty items. I have amassed quite a collection of these bonus gifts, but I still love getting them, because they are such a neat way to try out products in sample sizes, as well as retain a supply of products you love. For instance, I have never had to buy mascara, because I just live off the sample sized ones that come in these bonuses. 

I won’t go through all of the items in this bonus gift, but there are a few that I wanted to spotlight for how amazing they are.

 IMG_5044The first is the Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in the shade Mightiest Maraschino. When chubby sticks first came out, I didn’t know how to feel about them, and I waited until they put one in a bonus to try it out. I ended up loving it, and so when the lip colour balms started going into the bonuses, I was on board for that. This one has such a rich tawny red colour, and it is chalked full  of mango and shea butters to keep lips hydrated. I don’t really know how to describe the finish: it’s not sheer, but it’s not matte; it’s kind of in between. I wore this on Canada Day and it lasted all day and night, plus it matched the flag rather nicely. 

IMG_5047The next item I want to talk about is the Lash Doubling Mascara. This is not the one I traditionally use (usually the high impact mascara comes with the bonuses), but it works really well, and leaves my eyelashes looking really long and full, without clumping or crumbling off during the day. I have tried this one before, but I am saving up these little ones so that when I go traveling, I can take some in my carry on so that if my luggage goes missing (and it will thanks to Air Canada) at least I’ll have a few make up essentials to see me through. 

 

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The last item I want to feature is the Quickliner for Eyes Intense. This, too, is a new addition to the bonus, but it is rather lovely. I really don’t like eyeliner pencils–in fact I hate them. I find them really painful to apply, they don’t go on smoothly or evenly, and they smudge and fade throughout the day. So, I basically go for any eyeliner that isn’t a pencil and that I don’t have to sharpen. This one has a really silky formula so it goes on smoothly and doesn’t fade. This sample did not come with the smudger end like the regular product does, but it is easy enough to smudge if you want to early on after application. This type of eyeliner also comes in 12 really cool shades, ranging from the traditional black and brown to colours like green and purple and blue and even peridot. 

What Clinique products have you been loving lately??? 

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a lovely day 🙂 🙂